What happens when you reach an impasse in dialogues? Sometimes words are an "aide-de-camp" to sustain attention to what’s hard to talk about with others. Read about the use of images, metaphors, stories and poems in philanthropy.
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How do you process your internal reactions and signals before you jump to help others? Learn techniques from philanthropy practitioners that have helped create an environment for learning on both individual and systems levels.
What roles are most important to your work? How do you construct them and bring your unique talents to the role? How do you manage your personal challenges in the role? Borrow a few techniques from fellow practitioners described in this brief.
What’s your hardy perennial dilemma at work? Read why practitioners value reflective practices for navigating their dilemmas. Review the case for making reflective practice a required discipline in philanthropy.
Everything is in process. But our ways of thinking about organizational development often don’t account for that. This tool helps you think about where you have been and where you are headed by examining the ongoing change of your organization, team, project, strategy or field.
Starting a new foundation? Going through a period of growth that is significantly changing your foundation? This tool can help you think through the different elements needed to get you up and running.
Investing in a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is a powerful way to directly engage in the local economy and increase access to capital in minority, underserved communities. This guide was developed with the support of the Satterberg Foundation to help board and staff members in the philanthropic sector examine the basic processes of building a relationship with a CDFI and structuring investments in it.
In Philanthropy Northwest's “Pacific Northwest Changemakers,” generously supported by the Satterberg Foundation, Mitchell Thomashow takes us on a tour of place-based, community-driven philanthropy, from Central Washington to Montana, from Coastal Alaska to Portland.
The Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations is the authoritative and comprehensive annual survey of the foundation investment and governance practices of private and community foundations.
June 14, 2017 Funder briefing powerpoint presentation on the imapct of the 2018 Federal budget on state and local governments by Michael Leachman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Trends in Northwest Giving
Trends in Northwest Giving is Philanthropy Northwest's biennial report on organized philanthropy in our six-state region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming). Our 2014 edition analyzes 24,013 grants to Northwest organizations from 245 funders in 2012, totaling $979,171,356.
Top Funders and Giving By Subject in Each State
In-depth information on foundation and corporate grantmaking in each Northwest state, along with a list of the top 10 funders in each state and detailed breakdowns of giving across issue areas.
Written by Daniel Kemmis and published this in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, this monograph offers both an appreciative history and some probing questions grounded in current events. We believe that there is an intimate and vital connection between philanthropy’s aspirations to build a better society and the daily practice of democracy and civic engagement.
Produced in partnership with the D5 Coalition and the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program, "Vision and Voice" is the product of a year of research and dialogue with northwest foundation leaders about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. It includes findings from interviews with 23 regional foundation leaders and an in-depth exploration of a unique peer cohort we facilitated, consisting of 10 leaders who met on an ongoing basis to discuss and support each other in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations.
Listening and Learning
"Listening and Learning" is a vehicle for sharing the knowledge created in our region. It draws on the work of our members, regional partners and convenings of grantmakers. Through this vehicle, we share best practices, trends and continuing questions. The Listening and Learning series collects and shares latest practices and knowledge.
Lessons for Philanthropy, Journey into Indian Country
Published in 2011 by Philanthropy Northwest, the report describes work in Indian country.
Grease and Glue, Philanthropy's Unique Opportunity to Strengthen Communities,
A snapshot of Philanthropy Northwest's work in building civic capacity and strengthening civil society.
Community Foundations as Capacity Builders
Philanthropy Northwest reports on 2010 grant program to Community Foundations.